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#34 Six Tips to Choose Sunglasses -

Sunglasses are so very important. Remember the quiz about sunglasses (link to #30)? Here are more tips for choosing sunglasses. These might help prevent macular degeneration.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology also has tips:


1. UV Protection: The most important feature of a pair of sunglasses is that the lenses provide 100% protection from UV-A and UV-B light. Ultra-violet light exposure can damage not only your eyelids but your cornea, lens, and retina. Look for sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA/UVB rays.

2. Size & Fit: Look for either large or wraparound shades that offer side protection. Remember, the sun’s rays don’t just come from the front. Large, wrap around shades help protect eyes from the elements in the most efficient way. Your sunglass frames should fit snugly on your nose and ears without pinching or rubbing. I like my Cocoon brand of fitover sunglasses. Fitover means I wear them on top of my prescription glasses. They are available in different sizes and colors. The color can depend on what activity you want sunglasses for.  Here’s how they look on me. Cocoons are just one brand of fitovers. Strong, durable, and comfortable are how I describe them.

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3. Read the Label: This should go without saying, but be sure you read the label carefully. Many people don’t bother to check if the glasses block out 100% of UV rays. Remember, dark lenses do not necessarily mean they will block out UV rays. (Note: If the label says that they block up to 400 nanometers or nm, that’s the same as 100% UV absorption.)

4. Polarized Lens: As mentioned, a polarized lens is a specialized material that blocks reflected glare. These lenses are especially helpful for individuals who do a lot of driving or riding in cars and for people who enjoy water sports or being by the water. Note: polarization has nothing to do with UV protection.

5. Price: Consider that price is not always indicative of quality. Studies have shown some costly sunglasses to be less effective at blocking UV rays than their cheaper counterparts. Whether you find designer shades, or you find a pair at the drug store, there are quality sunglasses that are flattering and functional for everyone.

6. Yellow lenses: Some lenses can offer enhanced contrast for AMD sufferers. Sometimes called “blue blockers,” orange or yellow lenses are a good choice because they offer contrast enhancement and better depth perception. Keep in mind that it is not recommended that you drive while wearing these glasses!

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